The Latest: Judge denies bond for man held in 5 killings

The Latest on the killing of five people in rural south Alabama (all times local):

9:40 a.m.

A judge in Alabama is refusing bond for a Mississippi man accused of the killings of five people and an unborn child.

The decision came Wednesday as Derrick Dearman made his first court appearance in Mobile, Alabama.

Authorities say the man used an ax and at least one gun to slaughter two women and three men at a house in Citronelle, Alabama. One of the victims was a pregnant woman whose unborn child died.

Dearman has told reporters he was high on methamphetamine at the time.

The Leakesville, Mississippi, man is charged with multiple counts of capital murder, and courts typically refuse bond in such cases.


5:52 a.m.

Authorities say the man accused of using an ax and gunshots to slaughter three men and two women at a south Alabama house is set to make his first court appearance on six counts of capital murder and two counts of kidnapping.

Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich said Derrick Dearman is scheduled to appear Wednesday morning in a courtroom in Mobile, Alabama.

The bodies of the five slaying victims were found Saturday inside the home in Citronelle, Alabama.

A sheriff's captain says Dearman attacked them as they slept, and then abducted his estranged girlfriend and an infant from the home. Both of them were found alive.

Alabama court records don't indicate whether Dearman, of Leakesville, Mississippi, has an attorney who could speak on his behalf.